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Burning rubbish still illegal in Tonga

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 21/02/2018

There is an argument over the burning of wastes as Tongatapu experiences its biggest ever amount of debris in any other time in the country’s history.

Church leaders during their meeting with government officials yesterday raised their concern regarding the huge pile of rubbish and wastes and people’s ability to deal with their garbage.

Officials of the Waste Authority held a meeting this morning to discuss the waste issue as it appears that some local families have already gone against the national regulation that prohibits  burning of wastes.

Some church leaders raised the issue that many people wants the ban to be lifted temporarily to help them get rid of the wastes that are looming in their backyards and home surroundings.

An official from the Waste Authority says it is natural for people to understand that burning of non-natural wastes or toxic materials such as plastics, tyres and rubber will harm people’s health.

Apart from the leaves, people are encouraged to use the branches of  trees for firewood.

The Tapuhia dumping site is open at all times, free of charge for people to use during the current state of emergency.

It is understood Tapuhia authority has the necessary tool that cuts  branches and the Authority is  encouraging families to deliver their wastes to Tapuhia and not to tax allotments which is the current practice of many.

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